Какие еще запуски нас ждут в текущем месяце…

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May 16 Atlas 5 • USSF 7/OTV-6 Launch window: Approx. 1200-1430 GMT (8:00-10:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
 SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the USSF 7 mission, formerly known as AFSPC 7, for the U.S. Space Force. The mission’s primary payload is the X-37B, a spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program’s sixth mission. The rocket will fly in the 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from December. Moved forward from May 20. Launch window estimate is based on airspace warning notices. The exact launch time will be released closer to launch.

May 17 Falcon 9 • Starlink 7 Launch window: Approx. 0800 GMT (4:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
 SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the eighth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 7. Delayed from May 7. Updated to clarify the possibility of launching May 17, assuming range availability.

May LauncherOne • Launch Demo Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
 Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California. A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will make its first orbital test flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Delayed from early 2019 and summer 2019.

May Electron • “Don’t Stop Me Now” Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
 Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its 12th flight on a rideshare mission. The rocket will carry three payloads into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency, and the ANDESITE CubeSat for Boston University and NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, which will study Earth’s magnetosphere and Space Weather. The M2 Pathfinder satellite, a collaboration between the Australian government and the University of New South Wales Canberra Space, will also be launched on a communications and technology demonstration mission. Rocket Lab has nicknamed the launch “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Delayed from March 29 due to coronavirus pandemic.

May 20 H-2B • HTV 9 Launch time: 1730 GMT (1:30 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
 Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the ninth H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an automated cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

May 27 Falcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo 2 Launch time: 2033 GMT (4:33 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
 LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first test flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will fly on the Demo-2 mission. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from June, July 25, Sept. 21, February, April and May 7.

May Long March 3B • Beidou Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
 Xichang, China. A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network toward geostationary orbit.

Late May Falcon 9 • Starlink 8 Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
 SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the ninth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 8.

TBD GSLV Mk.2 • GISAT 1 Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
 Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India. India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), designated GSLV-F10, will launch India’s first GEO Imaging Satellite, or GISAT 1. The GISAT 1 spacecraft will provide continuous remote sensing observations over the Indian subcontinent from geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) above Earth. Delayed from Jan. 15, February and March 5.

TBD Falcon 9 • SAOCOM 1B Launch time: 2321 GMT (7:21 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
 Cape Canaveral, Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1B is the second of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2019, January and February. This mission was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Delayed from March 30 due to coronavirus pandemic.

TBD SSLV • Demonstration Launch Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
 Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India. India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September, December and January.

TBD PSLV • RISAT 2BR2 Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
 Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C49, will launch the RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The PSLV will also launch four Kleos Scouting Mission radio surveillance nanosatellites for Kleos Space, a Luxembourg-based company, and multiple Lemur 2 CubeSats for Spire Global. The mission will likely use the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from December.

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Дейв Боумэн
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Я так понимаю из всего этого списка самое ожидаемое событие - это May 27 Falcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo 2 Launch time: 2033 GMT (4:33 p.m. EDT). Пилотированный полет Дракона. По ощущениям это будто ждать первого полета Falcon Heavy - те же чувства и переживания. Но когда все пройдет успешно - это изменит многое для нескольких игроков рынка запуском. Воплотится в жизнь поговорка "Король умер, да здравствует Король!". От успеха этой миссии зависит будущее как "батута", так и "Спейсов". Ну что же - остается только ждать момента истины, когда Павел скажет "ну а я традиционно сделаю звук оригинальной трансляции громче" перед самим запуском...

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